Actor and history buff Sir Tony Robinson brings his trademark warmth and enthusiasm to northern England’s iconic Coast to Coast route, stepping off the beaten track to reveal the fascinating religious and industrial heritage that underscores this near-200- mile stretch of lush and diverse countryside.
This week, Tony is in the Eden Valley, where he makes a dramatic ascent to Asby Scar. This limestone pavement is all that remains of a 300 million-year-old tropical sea.
A more recent point of interest, Smardale Gill viaduct has Tony marvelling at its magnificent engineering. Then, there is just time to try making Cumbria’s most celebrated food before hitching a ride on a classic coach service.
Down on the farm, Tony investigates the 21st century technology driving a traditional dairy, and gets a masterclass working with border collies, whose stamina, intelligence and obedience makes them the perfect sheepdog.
At Nine Standards Rigg, a summit high on the backbone of Britain, Tony is left wondering about the origins of the huge drystone cairns that dominate the skyline.
And as this leg of his journey ends, the everwilling presenter joins the Kirby Stephen Mountain Rescue team on a training exercise that becomes a race against time.
Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast airs Friday at 8pm on Channel 5.